Feed the stereotypes: The Jersey Shore
October 7, 2010
There has been much debate about the infamous reality TV show Jersey Shore. Some argue that the show portrays Italian Americans, now known mostly as “guidos”, in a negative light. Others say that it has really has nothing to do with stereotypes and it simply about watching people party for entertainment. Love it, or hate it, Jersey Shore is expanding- but to other ethnicities.
There has been rumors of Jersey Shore spin-offs for sometime, but it is now recently confirmed. The first knock off came in April with a LA casting call for the “Asian” Jersey Shore. The New York Post reported the casting call found on a Craigslist Ad:
“We need attractive Asian-Americans with lively, strong and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life…If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, email us and please explain.”
Aside from a Asian knock off, MTV has also put out a casting call for Persian-Amerians. This is the actual press release from 495 production company about the new Persian spin-off, from MTV Iggy:
“Two thousand years ago the Persian Empire ruled the ancient world… but they didn’t have your soundtrack, your style, or your swagger! Today there’s a new Persian empire growing right here in L.A. and it’s ready to conquer the world all over again. It’s a bad-ass new dynasty where exotic beauty and wild style dominates the sexiest nightlife, exclusive venues and hottest beaches the modern world has to offer.
You’ve got the means, the money, and the motivation to cut through the velvet rope and rule the VIP! For you life is all about Gucci, Gabbana, Cavalli and Cristal. From BMWs and Bugatis, to Mercedes and Movado and money is no object.
You live a lifestyle most people only dream of. In your world, nothing is out of reach, and though you are surrounded by the jealous, the posers and the haters, one thing’s for sure…once you go Persian, there is no other version!
Time to show the world that being Persian-American is about living the true American dream… a lifestyle most people only wish they could. So if you are at least 21 years old, appear younger than thirty and are outrageous, outspoken and a proud Persian-American, then Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions, the team who brought you Jersey Shore, are looking for you!”
And now, its confirmed that a Russian- American spin-off has just been confirmed by the Lifetime channel. Set in the Russian neighborhood of Brooklyn, Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach, will be the exact same concept as Jersey Shore, however, it is going to showcase three FAMILIES in the brooklyn neighborhood while documenting their drunken adventures.
Elina Miller for NY Post: “There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars.”
Since the success of the Jersey Shore, producers have realized this opportunity to make more money, so reality TV will continue to showcase specific ethnic cultures in this light. If each ethnicity eventually gets its own show, will what we see become the normal stereotypes of that culture? If they arnt already massed produced now, will they be in the future? Eventually the line of simply watching a specific group of people party and get drunk, will blend into the public expectations of them- but now we can pick our poison of Vodka, Sake or Jagermeister. Right?
Photo Credits: Warming Glow